For the ninth season in a row, the Wyndham Championship marks the conclusion of the PGA TOUR Season. It's the final opportunity to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs, which begin next week. Golfers in every field are always chasing something, even when victory isn't within reach. But the objectives are never clearer as it concerns their jobs at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
If you buy into the notion that this tournament is an ad hoc qualifying school, then Sedgefield won't disappoint. The classic Donald Ross Course should allow for aggressive tendencies that are omnipresent in the annual grind now reserved only for Web.com Tour status. At -0.791 strokes to par last year, Sedgefield was the easiest par 70 on the schedule. The field averaged 69.52 percent in greens in regulation (approximately 12.5 per round). So, in the purest form of a shootout, guys with everything to gain are expected to leave it all out there.
En route to his one-stroke victory last year, Camilo Villegas ranked T8 in GIR, 16th in strokes gained: putting and just 23rd in birdies-or-better percentage, but he led the field in scrambling. In fact, all but two of the 11 golfers inside the top 10 in the final standings finished the week inside the top 15 in scrambling. Therefore, with Bermudagrass greens that average 6,500 square feet (about average on TOUR) and prepared to yield a Stimpmeter reading of 12, setting up scoring opportunities rides equally alongside putting as premiums for success.
We can't rule out the chance of rain and even boomers, particularly in the afternoons with daytime heating. Temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid-to-upper 80s throughout. Winds may kick up in advance of any inclement weather, but are not expected to be a factor otherwise. If it's wet, Sedgefield will have little defense of low scoring and greens will not be as slick.